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Power of Data (POD) project seeking secondary school teachers

The Power of Data (POD) project is a professional development program that enables secondary teachers to increase students’ content knowledge, 21st century skills, and awareness of geospatial technology careers through geospatial inquiry and data analysis.

This summer UW-Milwaukee will host several POD workshops to help teachers develop and enhance lessons and student learning through geospatial inquiry; engage students in skills like critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity; promote student awareness of careers in geospatial technologies; develop and practice ArcGIS Online; refine pedagogical skills, and build a network of professional resources.

Project facilitators Donna Genzmer and Kate Madison are seeking exceptional 6th through 12th-grade public, charter, and private school teachers to apply to attend the 35-hour workshops.

Teacher workshop participants will receive a stipend, hands-on experience with web-based mapping software, and instructional and technical support for lesson implementation. No previous experience with GIS is necessary.

The project is also seeking professional, commercial, and community sponsors for classroom supplies, workshop expenses, refreshments, and GeoMentors for post-workshop mentoring.

The workshops are being held at UW-Milwaukee Library on June 4-8, 2018, or June 18-22, 2018. The application deadline is May 25, 2018.

To find out more and to apply, visit uwm.edu/pod or share the information with a great teacher.

If you have questions or want to become a sponsor contact Donna Genzmer at 414-229-4865 or by email.

The POD workshops are supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation.